4525 Soquel Drive,
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Opened in 1951, this no-nonsense buff brick and concrete stadium-seated theatre on the edge of Soquel’s little downtown has been through many incarnations. It began life as the Osocales, the original Native American name for the area now known as Soquel, then at some point it became the Soquel Cinema.
In the mid-1970’s, it switched from mainstream movies to porno, a policy which continued into the early-1980’s. Next, a local theatre group acquired the house, installed cabaret seating, and renamed it the West Abbey Theatre, producing plays and musicals.
This lasted perhaps two years, then it became Dexter’s, a teen and college age New Wave/Alternative nightclub, run by local rock musician Joe Sharino.
After this brief incarnation, the Soquel became a church, which it has remained since the late-1980s.
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